Bing, LOC, Scraping, Thunderbird, More – Thursday Morning Buzz, July 18, 2013
Bing has expanded its autosuggest. “Building on People Autosuggest, today we are expanding the number of categories that will show up in autosuggest to include brands, movies, albums, places, software, sport teams, animal species and more.”
Thanks to Keith for this Technology Review article on finding the most controversial topics on Wikipedia. (Strangely, none of them is Miracle Whip vs. Duke’s.)
The Library of Congress has announced its first legislative data challenge. “To help advance the development of international exchange standards for legislative data, the Library of Congress is sponsoring data challenges incorporating Akoma Ntoso. The first challenge, Markup of US Legislation in Akoma Ntoso, opened today and invites competitors to create representations of four specific US bills using the most recent Akoma Ntoso schema.”
Now available on Google Street View: every main floor of the Eiffel Tower!
From the always-fabulous Robin Good: a roundup of Web scraping tools and plugins.
PC Magazine offers a solution if you’ve found yourself saddled with the Ask toolbar as part of a Java installation. (Not that I’m advocating the installation of Java!) I find it interesting that the last comment at this moment is from someone from Ask who offers a remove tool from Ask itself. Dude, if your company has made the toolbar such a pain to get rid of, why in the world would I trust your removal tool??
From Mashable: 5 Big Data Projects That Could Impact Your Life. I like Falling Fruit.
Lifehacker looks at the best plugins for Thunderbird. Thunderbird is okay but oh my goodness, do I miss Eudora.
Hey, there’s a new ratings site available for educational apps and games. “The site provides ratings of products in three categories: pedagogy, engagement, and support. Pedagogy is the highest weighted category, and is based on the depth and quality of content and how well it’s integrated into the mechanics of the reviewed game or website. The highest rated games require players to think critically about how to progress, and help build skills that are transferable.” Good morning, Internet…